Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings | AFP

Russia launches the world’s first floating nuclear reactor, sending it on an epic journey across the Arctic, despite environmentalists warning of a “Chernobyl on ice.” Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov left the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to Pevek in northeastern Siberia. of the launch

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Russia raids rehab centre where addicts ‘handcuffed to beds’ | AFP

Law enforcement raid an illegal rehab center in Siberia where “patients”, drug addicts or alcoholics, were forcibly detained, handcuffed to their beds and severely beaten into abandoning their addiction.

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Siberians flock to toxic lake for ‘Maldives’ selfies | AFP

An industrial dump site in Siberia whose turquoise lake resembles a tropical paradise has become a magnet for Instagrammers who risk their health in the toxic water to wow online followers.

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Russia is digging permafrost in search of diamonds | AFP

Diamonds are forever, and so is the permanently frozen ground of Yakutia in north eastern Siberia, home to huge diamond deposits that ensure Russia’s supremacy as the world’s leading diamond producer.

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